Owner and Curator, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
After working in National Security for 26 years, Robin Holliday experienced several life-changing events that helped her realize that life is precious and short. She decided to leave her career to pursue her life-long dream, to embark on her own personal journey as an artist and to own an art gallery.
Robin envisioned an eclectic, uplifting gallery representing only local artists, a sanctuary from the outside world where artwork could remind people of the goodness of life. She also wanted to create a community of artists who support one another.
In 2013, Robin opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, a small, one-room gallery where she exhibited her own artwork and that of a few local artists. In 2015, she moved HorseSpirit Arts Gallery to Old Ellicott City Main Street, where it continued to grow until she represented over 40 local artists. After suffering significant losses from two devastating floods in 2016 and 2018, Robin chose to leave Old Ellicott City.
In November 2018, she reopened her gallery at Historic Savage Mill, MD with 42 local artists. The gallery now includes paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, mosaics, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and fiber and wearable art.
Robin designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from natural gem stones. She also creates crystal sun catchers and mobiles. Her jewelry is made from stones such as Amethyst, Pearls, Turquoise and Black Onyx, combined with her metalwork. Her sun catchers & mobiles are styled using faceted lead crystal prisms (both new and recycled) and hand-made lampwork beads. When the sunlight hits the crystal prisms, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbows throughout the room. Robin creates everything using sterling silver-plated or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.
- Education: Bachelors of Science, Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1983. Masters of Science, Nuclear Engineering (Minor Mathematics), NCSU, 1986
- Honors & Awards: Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award-1995; Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Phil E. Depoy Award for Analytical Excellence-1996; International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation Fellows Recipient-1998/1999 (co-sponsored by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies SEMINAR XXI Fellow-2005/06; and Appointment to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Principal Professional Staff-2007.
Robin lives in Columbia MD with her wonderful husband Max Crownover – a cherished blessing in her life. They share their home with two golden retrievers and five cats. Robin has also been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1990 and teaches Aerobics, Body Pump and Cardio Dance for the Columbia Association.